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Old Apr 13, 2010, 1:03 PM   #1
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I was hiking yesterday and came across a small spider in a web. I tried to focus on him but I couldn't as the trees in the background became the subject of the lens. I tried macro and manual focus and no matter what I tried, focusing wouldn't work.

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Chris -

Take the photo as a zoom macro rather than a regular macro, and use spot focus. That should handle the problem.

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Old Apr 13, 2010, 1:29 PM   #3
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Thanks

I will give it another try.
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Old Apr 13, 2010, 3:09 PM   #4
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I think it will work.

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I have had to use manual focus a few times on stuff like that, even with
manual focus you may need to keep zooming out till the camera is able
to focus on what you want.

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In difficult situations like that, I just focus on an object that will be the same distance away as the web (in your example). Then I recompose and fully press the shutter.
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Good tricks, Gotta find me another spider. Maybe a hand held object like a card with text or a picture would do.
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Good tricks, Gotta find me another spider. Maybe a hand held object like a card with text or a picture would do.
I've also found that if I have difficulty on a small subject like that, I get really close and use little or no zoom, to try and reduce the depth of field so more will be in focus. It's then maybe not as impressive a shot on the camera's lcd, but you can crop later and at least the spider will be in focus! (PS Like Frank says recompose, but I tried also using the AE lock button, because then you don't have to hold down the shutter button)
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Good tricks, Gotta find me another spider. Maybe a hand held object like a card with text or a picture would do.
If you're talking about bringing a card or something to focus on, don't bother. Usually one of your legs will be in a perfect position (let's say you're kneeling) already.
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You are using spot focus and spot metering...correct? There is also a limitation on focus distances...try it from 2ft then if you get a green box inch closer refocusing with AF each time until you see a red box come up then back off until you get green box AF then you are in focus...I don't know if you have adjusted your Diopter on the EVF but if it is out of adjustment you will not be able to manual focus until you clear that up to your eyes...I have accidentally bumped my Diopter Adjustment and I kept wondering why everything was blurred? then I adjusted the Diopter on the EVF and it cleared everything up...
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